Most Expensive Cities Quiz

Name the world's most expensive cities, according to Expatistan.
As of January, 2019. The "reference city" of Prague has a price index of 100
I've removed cities with a metro population less than 500,000
Ignoring cities that are not the main city in their urban area
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Last updated: January 22, 2019
First submittedJune 19, 2012
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Price Index
Continent
City
240
Europe
Zurich
239
North America
San Francisco
235
North America
New York City
230
Europe
Geneva
222
Europe
London
222
Asia
Hong Kong
211
Europe
Oslo
207
Europe
Bern
203
North America
Washington D.C.
203
North America
Los Angeles
199
North America
Honolulu
199
North America
Boston
198
Europe
Dublin
Price Index
Continent
City
198
Asia
Tokyo
195
North America
Seattle
193
Oceania
Sydney
190
Europe
Copenhagen
189
North America
Chicago
189
Asia
Singapore
187
North America
Miami
186
Europe
Paris
185
Middle East
Doha
183
Oceania
Auckland
183
Europe
Amsterdam
183
Middle East
Dubai
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Level ∞
Sep 6, 2014
Also see most expensive countries. A lot of this has to do with relative currency values.
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Level 51
Oct 2, 2014
When I took geography in school, I never heard of a continent called Oceania.
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Level 58
Oct 2, 2014
then you should ask for a refund
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Level 53
Sep 6, 2017
hahahahha
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Level 70
Jan 6, 2018
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Level 62
Feb 9, 2020
ammo55 is partially correct though
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Level 51
May 19, 2020
True!!!
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Level 59
May 27, 2020
Here in Italy it's always been Oceania, on atlases, school books, TV, Wikipedia, whatever, at least since I can remember, which means the last 45ish years. The Disney movie "Moana" here it's been retitled "Oceania" (to avoid references to Moana Pozzi, a very famous porn star and public figure in the 80's and 90's). Australia is unique as it's considered a continent in some geographic context (and not technically an island), and a country in every other sense. But there's no mistake that Oceania is the right word in the Italian language.
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Level 63
Oct 2, 2014
Same here. I was always taught that Australia is the continent and Oceania is the name give to the group of islands in that area. At least that is how most US children are taught.
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Level 35
Apr 25, 2016
I live in Melbourne, so let me clear this up for you. It's real name is Australasia and Oceania. Most people are just too lazy to write all that out, so they shorten it to 'Australia', or 'Oceania'
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Level 21
Apr 25, 2016
That would be incorrect, as Indonesia is a part of Australasia, but is an Asian country. The continent is just Oceania.

The continent used to be called Australia, but because Australia was the name of a country, it was changed to Oceania to suit NZ and the islands in the South Pacific. The name was changed ~10 years ago, so most people wouldn't have learned it in school.

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Level 63
May 16, 2016
Obviously, by virtue of living in Melbourne, you know everything about the entire continent.
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Level 65
Jul 16, 2016
In the United States I believe they teach it as "Australia" while much of the rest of the world techies it as "Oceania".
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Level 80
Sep 6, 2017
I think when I was a child the convention was Australia and the Oceania caught on sometime around the mid-2000s... ish?
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Level 79
Feb 5, 2019
I was always taught it was "the continent of Australia" when I was in school in the 1960s, but back then there was no attempt to include every island with a continent. The largest land masses were continents, and islands located far away were just islands, even though many of them might be connected culturally, politically, or by plate tectonics. My teachers would have thought me ridiculous if I had said Hawaii was part of North America, yet today I often see it listed that way geopolitically even though geographically it is part of Polynesia. No wonder we all get confused over these issues.
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Level 59
Mar 25, 2019
Let's be clear the US has a lot of strange ideas (hrmm. Imperial System) that aren't taught in other parts of the world.
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Level 75
Nov 5, 2019
^ The imperial system can be very useful - a lot of it is based on pragmatism such as being able to use body parts to measure inches or feet (useful for a carpenter for example).

The metric system is not so good at this, but it is easier to remember and has much more scientific utility as different types of measurements can easily be translated into each other.

For example, 1C is the temperature rise when 1 cc of water is heated by 1 joule of energy (under normal atmospheric pressure). Or something like that... someone can correct me on however I got that wrong

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Level 60
Sep 6, 2017
It is hard to define a continent. Is it a big land-mass? How big? Does culture play a role? So is Europe apart from Asia? Is Greenland a continent?

The point is, Oceania is clear as a hint, you should just work with it ;) If it said Australia instead, what should it say for Auckland?

Btw, as far as I'm concerned, there are only two continents: Afro-Eurasia and America. You either live on a continent, or on an island. The latter includes people living the UK, Indonesia and Japan.

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Level 68
Feb 5, 2019
In my country it's been known as Oceania since at least my parents' youth. I was born in 81'.

As for the comment about the name "America", it was called that (singular) way before some countries divided it in two and started using the plural, probably to distinguish it from the US, which is incorrectly called "America".

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Level 40
Feb 7, 2019
In the netherlands i learned it as "Australia and Oceania"
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Level 32
Oct 2, 2014
When creating a quiz, are there any instructions? I can't find any FAQ's or how to create tags, add photos etc.

Thanks

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Level 83
Oct 2, 2014
User created quizzes can't use photos, only Quizmaster. Pretty simple to do actually, if you just go in and start creating.
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Level ∞
Jan 22, 2019
A lot has changed since 2014! Users can add photos. We also have instructions, thanks to user Stewart.
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Level 56
Oct 23, 2014
Very good quiz !
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Level 65
Jul 16, 2016
Is Honolulu actually in North America? I always though it was in Oceania.
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Level 79
Dec 1, 2016
I had to look that up, too. Apparently it is not part of North America geographically, but is considered part of it politically. Some include it as part of Oceania geographically, while others says it isn't part of any continent. Sneaky one, QM.
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Level 66
Sep 6, 2017
I'm the same - as soon as I timed out and it came up in red, I called shenanigans on that. Hawai'i is a Polynesian island chain in the Pacific: to me, that counts as Oceania. Shenanigans!
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Level 65
Jan 24, 2020
Greenland isn’t considered North America for the same reason
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Level 45
Sep 24, 2016
no hamilton, bermuda? or is that not considered a "city" (tbh it probably isn't)
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Level 53
Jan 20, 2017
Isn't Hawaii a part of oceania, the island being a part of polynesia? According to Wikipedia it is, at least so I think the hint is wrong. Also, as a canadian I was taught that oceania is the continent and australia is just an island.
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Level 25
May 28, 2017
well Hawaii is so...
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Level 63
May 7, 2020
I agree 100%. I feel like the only reason Honolulu is marked as being in North America is just to be misleading. Although it is definitely more politically connected with the North American mainland, it is geographically part of Polynesia, a region in Oceania.
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Level 53
Sep 6, 2017
Isnt Honolulu in Oceania?
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Level 85
Sep 6, 2017
Let me bing that for you. http://tinyurl.com/ya48vjlz
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Level 43
Sep 6, 2017
Honolulu is in hawaii and hawaii is in Oceania
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Level 85
Sep 6, 2017
So you're just going with the theory that if it's in the ocean, it's part of Oceania?
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Level 80
Nov 19, 2018
It's much closer to Kiribati than it is to the continental part of North America, but it's closer to North America than it is to the continental part of Australia, and most likely gets roped in with North America since it is part of the United States and in the middle of the Pacific isolated from everything else so why not.
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Level 80
Sep 6, 2017
Bern does not have a metro population of 500,000 or more.
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Level 85
Sep 6, 2017
The wikipedia article states the following: The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000.
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Level 80
Jan 22, 2019
Hmm. Citypopulation.de puts its "agglomeration core" at 274,782.
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Level 59
Sep 6, 2017
since when is Singapore a "city?" is it not a nation? also, it would be nice to have some sort of context. most expensive cities in what way? to live in? travel to and from? wages? inflation?
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Level 85
Sep 6, 2017
It's a city-state. If Vatican City had a population of more than 500,000, it would surely make this list as well. Just try booking a hotel room there - prices are INSANE.
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Level 77
Jan 22, 2019
You can book a hotel room inside Vatican?
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Level 70
Feb 5, 2019
I imagine they'd just say there's no room at the inn
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Level 62
Sep 6, 2017
Well, I learned something about Switzerland today...Also, I hate Honolulu now for being the only one I missed
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Level 70
Jan 6, 2018
Still surprised someone can find a source where Bern's metro has a population over 500.000.... As the instructions state those smaller metros would have been removed. At least for Basel and Geneva (some) sources do havve metro areas over 500.000 (although barely)
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Level 77
Jan 22, 2019
It's probably the whole canton plus Fribourg plus maybe others
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Level 72
Jan 22, 2019
Bernese here, I've checked this. Citypopulation.de lists the Bernese agglomeration as having 440 k, but this extends from Fribourg all the way down to Thun. This seems pretty awkward, as most of the parts in this region (that's what I'd call it) are actually rural. The urban area is probably identical to the urban core, connecting all of the suburbs (Köniz, Ostermundigen etc.). Here basically everything is urban. This is listed as having 275 k.

In Switzerland, you basically never refer to a city by naming the agglomeration figure, but even including this weird counting system of citypopulation.de, which basically includes everything within 20 km, regardless of the landscape, Bern still doesn't reach 500k.

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Level 73
Mar 16, 2018
The Economist's list that I was looking at yesterday is quite different. Singapore comes in at number one, followed by Paris, Zurich and Hong Kong.
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Level 77
Dec 17, 2019
You can choose very different costs to measure this.
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Level 65
Apr 6, 2018
No Vancouver?
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Level 64
Nov 19, 2018
Or Toronto?
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Level ∞
Jan 22, 2019
The Canadian dollar is down. Visiting from Seattle, prices in Vancouver were pretty cheap. Obviously housing is still ridiculous.
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Level 75
Jan 23, 2019
@MrBeast6000 Vancouver is one of the most unaffordable cities in the world, not one of the most expensive. In other words, if you compare wages to cost of living, Vancouver kills it.
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Level 66
Nov 20, 2018
Thank you for the quiz, Quizmaster, I enjoyed doing it and found it challenging. However, I wonder if you could add a little more clarification in the instructions at the top please? Specifically, I was unsure if this quiz was asking about the most expensive cities in terms of house prices, or the most expensive cities in terms of daily cost of living. I’m sure there’s a lot of overlap, but it would have changed some of my answers.
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Level 61
Jan 23, 2019
maybe just explain how the index works
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Level 73
Jan 31, 2019
Got all except for the 3 Swiss ones. Sigh.
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Level 47
Feb 5, 2019
New Zealand is now considered part of a separate continent called Zealandia which is 95% submerged below the Pacific
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Level 79
Feb 5, 2019
Why don't we just call them all part of Gondwana and be done with it?
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Level 46
Feb 5, 2019
fake iplay
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Level 54
Feb 5, 2019
I have no clue what their methodology is, but I have no idea how you can exclude both Vancouver and Toronto, which have some of the most expensive housing markets in the world. Housing prices in places like Chicago, say, are nowhere near what they are in Vancouver and Toronto, and I can't imagine services and goods are that much cheaper in Canada to make up the difference.
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Level 32
Feb 5, 2019
On their website I did not see them include anything about taxes or stuff relating to like like education, universal healthcare
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Level 30
Feb 5, 2019
The Middle East is not a continent, and Honolulu is not in North America, but in Oceania.
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Level ∞
Feb 5, 2019
Take it up with the Better Business Bureau
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Level 57
Feb 6, 2019
Middle East is a Continent ?
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Level 64
Feb 6, 2019
I wasn't surprised that Tokyo was on the list but I was surprised that Kyoto wasn't - I found Kyoto to be the more expensive out of the two for accomodation, food and services.
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Level 34
Feb 7, 2019
I was surprised to see that Seattle was on the list but not Toronto. I googled it and saw that to be correct but was surprised even more to see that although Seattle is slightly more expensive, the average income is almost double.
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Level 30
Feb 11, 2019
Zurich Town population is 402,762

Geneva Town population is 198,979

Bern Town population is 133'315

All are less than the 500'000 minimum limit you mentioned !

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Level 59
Mar 25, 2019
I haven't heard of this new "Middle East" continent before. I wonder where it could be? I can't imagine it just sprung up out of the ocean since when I was in school.
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Level 60
Apr 4, 2019
Just being curious, which city was the most expensive that had less than 500,000?
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Level 63
Oct 14, 2019
Grand Cayman on the Cayman Islands.
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Level 70
Sep 21, 2019
I think Honolulu should be put in Oceania, instead of North America
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Level 56
Oct 6, 2019
Source?
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Level 63
Oct 14, 2019
For anyone who was wondering what most expensive means. They included different costs of living: Food, housing, clothes, transportation, personal care and entertainment.
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Level 69
Dec 10, 2019
How is it possible that Honolulu (Hawaii) is in North America?

Is it because it is part of the US? Well I guess French Guyana is part of Europe then.

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Level 51
Dec 10, 2019
I'm not fond of continents because most aren't unanimously defined a certain way. There will always be debates over where borderline places are. I prefer landmasses because they are all unarguably defined by the coastline, which is a very defined line.
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Level 39
Dec 16, 2019
No Las Vegas or Shanghai?
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Level 57
Apr 24, 2020
San Jose, California should be included (Price Index 218, Population 1.03 million)
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Level 51
May 19, 2020
I was surprised not to see Vienna!
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Level 45
Sep 22, 2020
the Middle east is not a continent